History:

The Bina is a contemporary form attributed to Bob Newman when he decided to do like recipe books do with chicken, and find 5 ways to cook a sestina. This is one of the ways. Other ways is a ‘Newman Sestina’ and a ‘Quartina’.

Structure:

  • 5 lines total
  • lines follow the general meter and line rules of a sestina
  • rolls on two end words, used in pattern 1-2-2-1-2 with word 1 appearing midway through line 5

Sources:

http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/sestinavar2.htm#bina